Date: 1/23/18 2:35 pm From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Subject: Ruby-crowned Kinglet in Preston County, Northern Harrier in Hardy County
A long day began at the WVU Reedsville Farm in Preston County, where no Greater White-fronted Geese, nor any geese at all, were present.
At the Army Reserve wetlands at the headquarters on Route 72 south of Route 7, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet discovered a couple of days ago by David Daniels was still present, along with 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
Mount Storm Lake was empty of birds, as usual.
At Hogueland Road in Grant County, the only birds present were American Crows, Turkey Vultures, and Rock Pigeons.
At Brighton Park south of Moorefield in Hardy County, 2 female Common Mergansers were accompanying a male Red-breasted Merganser.
At the end of Webb Lane at Old Fields in Hardy County, 1 gray ghost male Northern Harrier was swooping over the fields in the distance.
A bit further north near where Reynolds Gap Road meets Route 220, there were 3 American Kestrels within a 2-mile stretch.
At Ridgely in Mineral County, no birds were present on the WV shore, but there were hundreds of Canada Geese on the Maryland shore. No white geese, no gulls. Not impossible there could have been a Greater White-fronted Goose, but the view was distant, and I didn't have time to hike along the C & O towpath on the Maryland side.